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Determinants of Divorce: A Review of Research in the Eighties

Lynn K. White
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 52, No. 4, Family Research in the 1980s: The Decade in Review (Nov., 1990), pp. 904-912
DOI: 10.2307/353309
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353309
Page Count: 9
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Determinants of Divorce: A Review of Research in the Eighties
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Abstract

This review encompasses work published in the 1980s that concerns the causes of divorce. Substantive findings are reviewed under three broad headings: macrostructure, demographics and the life course, and family process. Trends in methods, samples, and theory are also reviewed. This decade's research on divorce is characterized by bigger and better data sets, more sophisticated research techniques, and a growing body of conclusive empirical findings in the areas of demographic and life course factors. Relatively neglected areas include theory and family process. The review ends with recommendations for future research.

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